Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Meeting Miss America was so cool, because she's from Nebraska, too! Donating the books and bears from the National American Miss Pageant allowed me the opportunity to volunteer my time with non-profit organizations within my community.
I loved coloring cards for Center for Survivors and spending time with my mom babysitting for young parents taking parenting classes and CPR to name a few, offered through Youth for Christ. One of the most memorable volunteer work that I was apart of was the Miss Amazing Pageant it is a pageant for girls and women with special needs and disabilities founded by my pageant sister Jordan Somer.
I had a lot of fun riding in my Grandpa Taylor’s 60’ corvette convertible with my mom and dad during the Columbus Days Parade. Thank you grandpa for taking the time to tune it up and make sure it was safe for me to ride in.
To my pageant sisters: Kristin, Jordan, Hannah, Emma and Sarah, thank you for all of the fun times we spent together throughout this past year! I love each and every single one of you and will always think of you as my SISTERS.
A big “thank you” to my family; Mom and Dad, Kris and Becky for all of your support and believing in me. To my biggest supporter, at the state pageant, my brother Nick (because he knew he would also be going to Disneyland and Hollywood for the 1st time along with me) but also for rooting for me at nationals it meant a lot to me.
Grandma and Grandpa Majerus, thank you for allowing me to dream BIG! You made it possible for the whole family to travel to California. Thank you for your unconditional love and support.
This year has been a wonderful experience for me and my family and I owe a big “THANK YOU” to: Ken and Lani Mapels, and Steve and Kathleen Mays for continuing to make little girls dreams like mine come true, and to Breanne Mapels for giving me the vote of confidence I needed and thought of while I was on stage “I look GOOOOOD!”
My mom would also like me to thank the National American Miss Staff for answering all of her random questions throughout the year, you truly make things a lot easier for her.
To all of the Princess contestants, regardless of the outcome of the pageant have lots of fun and meet lots of new friends, like I did!
Lastly, to my successor, the time truly does go by fast! take part in all that you can, take lots of pictures, and the most important thing – have lots of fun!
I have enjoyed representing Nebraska as your 2010 Miss Nebraska Princess,
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Oh My Gosh, what fun I have had being your National American Miss Nebraska Princess Cover Girl. Meeting all the girls and making friends from all over Nebraska was a whole lot of fun. And who could forget Coco Keys! The water…and the slides…and the water…and the splashing…and did I tell you about the water, it was awesome! Going to other state pageants as visiting royalty was cool, because I got to help hand out trophies! I also got to help with a lot of other fun things, like Relay for Life, and my school’s very own “Mini” Relay for Life. My favorite part was helping with the Luminaria. They are luminaries that honor cancer survivors. Over the summer getting to ride in parades was really cool too! Once at a parade, Charlie Jansen the Dodge County Senator asked if he could have his picture taken with me. He said the he had never met a real princess before. I even got a ribbon from 4-H for being in the parade! And I got to make my very own Face Book page, and I have lots of friends and family following me and supporting all of my projects. This spring I am leading a card drive to help make a boy fighting cancer’s wish of receiving one million get well cards come true! He is up to about 23,000 so far; we still have a long way to go! Something that I have learned is that even a little girl like me can help make a difference. And watching my sister queen, on Nickelodeon, and telling all my friends at school that I know her was great too! When I get older I want to help with her pageant. So even though my year is ending, I am so excited to be here with all of you, to watch a brand new set of amazing girls join our NA Miss Pageant family.
Being your Cover Girl, brought me lots of friends, lots of opportunities, and lots of fun! Thank you to my Mom and Dad, Lyrick and Kelsey, and all the family and friends that believe in me and encourage me to do my best always. Thank you to my sponsors, for making my dreams come true. And thank you to the NA Miss Directors and Staff for opening the door and making it all possible. To the girls, make friends and memories and have a lot of fun and remember just because we are princesses, that still doesn’t mean we can stay up late and skip cleaning our rooms…trust me!
Love Always from your 2010NA Miss NE Princess Cover Girl,
Jayleigh Kay Stueve
Highlights from my year:
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sara Stehlik, Miss Nebraska Jr. Preteen has had a quite year...topping it off was placing 1st runner up at nationals!
It has been a busy, exciting and rewarding year representing National American Miss. I participated in many community service programs.
I volunteered to help host an open house for the Child Advocacy Center. The Center was thrilled to receive our donated NAM books and bears. I also continued my work as founder of my school’s peer tutoring program. The “Homework Club” helps students reach their academic goals and serves over 40 students each week.
I had the opportunity to visit both the NAM Minnesota and Illinois pageants where I helped with registration, the production numbers, and judge the family look-a-like contest. It was wonderful to meeting all the girls and making new friendships.
Celebrating the Special Olympic torch running through my hometown of Nebraska City, was awesome and occasion I will always remember. Volunteering for the second year at the Miss Amazing pageant, a pageant for girls with disabilities was a tremendously rewarding experience.
My sister queens and I had lots of bonding time. We visited the zoo, rode in many parades, met the governor, held a crown making craft booth for children and were guests at several local pageants. I even had an opportunity to meet, Miss America, Teresa Scanlan. Wow!
The National Pageant held in Anaheim, California was a spectacular event. My family and I enjoyed the boardwalk, beach and meeting “stars” in Hollywood (thanks to the wax museum). Our day at Disneyland was awesome and the Thanksgiving banquet was delicious.
I had so much fun at the crazy hair rehearsal and the 70’s party, but the best part was making so many new friends from all around the country! I was honored to place 3rd runner up in community service, but the most exciting moment was placing 1st runner up among such an outstanding group of contestants.
In the future, I will continue service with my church and volunteering for the American Cancer Society and Lymphoma Research Foundation in honor of my mother’s 14-year remission.
The special times and experiences I have shared with my sister queens Kristin, Jordan, Hannah, Emma and Alyssa made this year one that will forever remain in my heart. You are all such great role models and I learned so much from each one of you.
I would like to thank my aunts, uncles and cousins for being there to cheer me on, my grandma Christine for my beautiful wardrobe, my brothers for being the best escorts ever, my dad for never complaining about the visa bills and my mom for believing in me and helping me achieve my dreams.
Breanne, Ryan, Ashley and all of my NAM family, thank you for making this year so special and helping me make unforgettable memories.
Ken and Lani Maples and the NAM organization, thank you for creating a place where I have been able to gain self-confidence and develop poise, stage presence, public speaking and interview skills. These are life long skills that I will carry with me always.
To all the Jr. Pre-teen contestants’, just being up on stage and giving it your best, already makes you winners. To my successor, the time goes fast, so make a masterpiece of it.
I feel blessed to have had so many wonderful opportunities given to me this year.
I am your 2010 Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-teen,
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I started my year with parades and volunteer work. I donated books and bears to the Hastings Children’s Museum and Crossroads Center. In October, I organized and hosted “College Night”, a dance to fundraise for my local Crossroads Center. Also, I’m currently involved as a Team Captain for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowling.
Before I knew it, I was on my way to sunny Anaheim, California to compete in the National pageant! Nationals was an amazing week where I met several, wonderful young women from across the country. I spent time sight-seeing, took a tour of Hollywood, and went shopping in Downtown Disney.
After Nationals, I was invited to a Tri-City Storm Hockey game where I met mascots like Kool-Aid Man, Smokey the Bear and Stormy himself. I also had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy.
This past year has opened many new doors to my future and I owe it to National American Miss. Ken, Lani, Breanne, and NAM staff, thank you for the guidance and support throughout the year. You grow the confidence in girls and young women all across the nation to change the world. Melissa, you are the best personal attendant/friend/fan anyone could ask for! Adam, thank you for your never-ending “big brother” support. Dad, you simply rock. None of my year would’ve been possible without you and I know Mom is looking down on us with a BIG smile. My sister queens, you ladies are amazing role-models, I wish you all the very best. To the rest of my family, friends and sponsors, THANK YOU! I love you all.
Contestants, every one of you are a true "beauty queen" just for getting up on that stage. Remember, it's not about a crown and banner, it's about growing and finding yourself. Let your personality shine and take in every moment because you never know when you'll be closing one door to open another.
National American Miss is all about making Life-long friends!
your 2010 National American Miss Nebraska